The Marlins intend to wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas High baseball caps before their Grapefruit League opener on Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
The Marlins are planning the gesture to honor the victims of last week’s shooting at Douglas High, which claimed the lives of 17 people.
In addition to wearing the caps, Marlins first baseman Justin Bour intends to visit the Douglas baseball team at one of its practices later this week.
“I thought I would jump at the opportunity to be there and spend some time with those guys,” Bour said. “After it happened, I let them know if there was anything I could do, I’d be more than willing to help them.”
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Douglas was scheduled to open its baseball season Tuesday afternoon in the Flanagan Falcon tournament, but the school chose to wait until next week to have its team play a game once funerals and memorial services for the victims of the shooting had been held.
The team practiced Monday morning for the second time in three days at nearby North Broward Prep school in Coconut Creek.
Eagles’ coach Todd Fitz Gerald expressed his gratitude for the support from all over the country that his team has received in the five days since the shooting.
“I’ve had easily over 500 people text me,” Fitz Gerald said. “There’s a [high school] team in Virginia wearing our hats today and then what the Marlins are doing for us. … It’s really something.”
Douglas High remains closed this week just days after former student Nikolas Cruz opened fire in the hallways of the high school, killing 17 people and injuring several others.
Cruz was booked into Broward County Main Jail on Thursday morning, and he is charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
Among those killed was Douglas assistant coach Aaron Feis, who died from multiple gunshot wounds sustained while protecting students from the gunfire. Douglas athletic director Chris Hixon was also killed, as well as cross-country coach Scott Beigel, senior swimmer Nicholas Dworet and freshman soccer player Alyssa Alhadeff.